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Bridge implosion a sign of progress

Muskogee Phoenix By Cathy Spaulding

March 14, 2023

People as far away as Peak Boulevard and Honor Heights Park reported hearing an implosion that took down the north side (westbound lanes) of the U.S. 62 Arkansas River bridge Tuesday morning.

Port of Muskogee Director Kimbra Scott said she thought of something else when she watched the implosion around 9 a.m. Tuesday.

"The thing that came to mind the minute that it was imploded was progress," Scott said. "We actually were witnessing progress. It was an exciting moment."

Traffic along U.S. 62 between Georgetown Road and the Muskogee Turnpike was diverted during Tuesday morning's implosion. Oklahoma Department of Transportation is replacing the highway's two bridges across the Arkansas River with wider bridges. The traffic, which averages 21,000 vehicles a day, has been restricted to one lane each direction on the south side (eastbound lanes) of the bridge. View the full article:

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